Hon Congressman Jose "Ping-Ping" I. Tejada of the 3rd District of Cotabato graced the event together with USM President Dr. Francisco Gil N. Garcia represented by Vice-President for RDE Dr. Edward A. Barlaan, and CFCST President Dr. Ali K. Dilangalen.


Regional Director Sammy P. Malawan, during his Opening Remarks, encourage everyone to submit to DOST XII their R&D proposals for possible funding and collaborations so that our region can have a slice of the pie on our research funds.


The forum is expected to encourage and increase investments in S&T human resource development and R&D endeavors in the region.


Presented during the forum was the call for proposals for the DOST initiatives under the Science for Change Program.


(1) The Niche Centers in the Regions for R&D (NICER) Program will capacitate HEIs in the region through an institutional grant for R&D activities that will significantly improve regional research S&T infrastructure. Through NICER, HEIs will be able to integrate regional development needs with R&D and local resources.


(2) R&D Leadership (RDLead) Program will engage experts with strong leadership, management, and innovative policy-making proficiencies to strengthen the research capabilities of the HEIs or RDIs. The RDLead experts will establish new and upgrading existing R&D Centers under the NICER Program or upgrading existing RDIs.


(3) Collaborative Research and Development to Leverage Philippine Economy (CRADLE) Program will help create a synergistic relationship between the academe as the producer of knowledge and manpower and the industry as the entity which translates technologies to real-world applications to generate new opportunities for Filipinos in the form of new industries, enterprises, jobs and solutions to pressing community and national problems. Under the CRADLE Program, the private sector industry will identify the problem, and the HEI or RDI will undertake the research and development with funding from DOST.


(4) Business Innovation through S&T (BIST) for Industry Program facilitates the acquisition of technologies by Filipino companies for immediate incorporation into their R&D activities. The BIST program will provide partial funding to private sectors to enhance their technological capacity to undertake R&D through the purchase of high-tech equipment, technology licensing, and acquisition of patent rights.


Also Presented during the forum was the Overview of Health Research & Development Consortium and the Cotabato Region Industry and Energy Research and Development Consortium (CRIERDC).


A proposed follow-up activity for Proposal Writeshop will be scheduled on April 2021.



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